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Tom Maringer’s 7 of the Best

Written by Tom Maringer I have always loved fantasy and science fiction. I think the attraction is the ability to create situations and events that would be unlikely to occur in the real world. I am considering “favorites” in the sense that they are most likely to be read again and again, and were most influential in introducing new ideas …

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Book Retort: Aspen Universe: Revelations #5

Written by Laird Bruce Boughner The Aspen Universe follows in DC and Marvel’s wake as they put an ending on their crossover event with Fathom, Killian, Malikai and other cast members from Aspen, Fathom and Soulfire;  rebooting the entire Aspen Universe in the process.  Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire, Doctor Who & Ultimate Fantastic Four,) J. T. Krul …

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Book Retort: The Assignment #1

Written by Bill Coffin Frank is a suave contract killer who flies from city to city accepting high-end assassination gigs in what appears to be a life with no attachments, no real goals, and no real plan, apart from killing for money. It all goes wrong when his latest job turns out to be a trap and Frank wakes up …

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Book Retort: VESSELS #1

“In the world of Vessels dreams take on a far more sinister meaning; they are a gateway to something unexplained, something dangerous, something…potentially world-ending. I can’t wait to share our hero Wake’s journey to understand what lies beyond the veil of dreams” writes VESSELS creator Dave Cook. When readers first meet Wake in Cairnthala, she is hungry, filthy, losing control …

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Bryan Parke’s 7 of the Best

Written by Bryan Parke Pariah by Dan Abnett Set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe, Dan Abnett’s Pariah paints a vivid picture of life in the Grim Dark Future. There have been many books published about Warhammer 40,000, primarily with a military focus, but what sets Pariah apart is that (like the other titles in Abnett’s Eisenhorn and Ravenor series) …

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Book Retort: FAITH #8

Written by Eric Bloat Look, up in the sky.  It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No wait, it’s Faith!  Orphaned as a child, Faith grew up obsessed with comic books and science fiction movies only to later find out that she, herself, is a Psiot.  Imbued with psionic powers, telekinesis and the ability to fly, Faith lives out her childhood …

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Book Retort: Hang Low Aim High #1

Written by Nick Young Forget the capes and costumes. Instead of huge emblems adorning the chests of superheroes, pick up the original symbol of justice: a sheriff’s badge. Classic western tropes return in Kelly Bender’s Hang Low, Aim High #1, with art by Adrian Crismaru. In this enjoyable comic, the Old West is alive and shooting. The story begins in …

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Jan Egil Bjune’s 7 of the Best, Part One (Books)

Speed of Dark by Elisabeth Moon This author is probably better known for her Paksenarrion novels about a girl who joins a mercenary company. While a great tale, the novel that really caught my eye is the Speed of Dark. Set in the near-future, it tells the first-person tale of a high functioning, autistic, process analyst who works for a …

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Sneak Peek: SECRET WEAPONS #1

ARRIVAL’s Eric Heisserer Leads Valiant’s SECRET WEAPONS #1 with Visionary Artist Raul Allen – Coming in June! 2017 Oscar® Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay Makes Valiant Debut with Prestige Format Limited Series Valiant is proud to announce that Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer, writer of the internationally acclaimed, smash-hit motion picture ARRIVAL, as well as the upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature …

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Always Room for Gelatinous Cube DIY

Don’t ask me why I find the gelatinous cube to be an amusing monster. It’s anything but amusing if your party encounters one, yet I have a love for them anyway. I’m guessing it’s due to being a part-time DM (and despite being a part-time Player). So, I was delighted to find a Youtube video by user Blandco with instructions …